Monday, June 30, 2014

We Belong to Jesus!

Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just;
for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.  Psalm 33:1

"Jesus, for You I live.  
Jesus, for You I die. 
Jesus, I am Yours in life and death."
 From Reflections and Prayers
for Visits with our Eucharistic Lord,
John J. Cardinal Carberry
FEAST of the First Roman Martyrs ~ JUNE 30
 The First Martyrs of the Church of Rome were Christians martyred 
in Rome during Nero's persecution in the year 64.
“This dreadful conflagration continued nine days; when Nero, finding that his conduct was greatly blamed, and a severe odium cast upon him, determined to lay the whole upon the Christians, at once to excuse himself and have an opportunity of glutting his sight with new cruelties. This was the occasion of the first persecution ... 
Nero even refined upon cruelty, and contrived all manner of punishments for them that the most infernal imagination could design.  In particular, he had some sewed up in the skins of wild beasts, and then worried by dogs till they expired; and others dressed in shirts made stiff with wax, fixed to axle-trees, and set on fire in his gardens in order to illuminate them.  This persecution was general throughout the whole Roman empire; but it rather increased than diminished the spirit of Christianity."

A. Wright
A History of the Principal
and Most Distinguished Martyrs

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sts Peter and Paul, pray for us!

June 29
St. Augustine (Sermon 295):  "Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles' blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labors, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith."

"Keep close to the Catholic Church at all times, 
for the Church alone 
can give you true peace, 
since she alone possesses Jesus, 
the true Prince of Peace,
in the Blessed Sacrament."

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

Sts Peter and Paul, pray for us!
*Sts Peter and Paul are the principle pillars of the Church founded by Christ.
St Peter was chosen by Christ to be his first Vicar on earth; he was endowed with powers of the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Mt 16:13-19) and charged with the role of Shepherd of Christ's flock (Jn 21:15-17). In St. Peter and his successors, we have a visible sign of unity and communion in faith and charity. Divine grace led St. Peter to profess Christ's divinity.  St. Peter suffered martyrdom by crucifixion under Nero, in about the year 64 AD. He was buried at the hill of the Vatican; recent excavations have revealed his tomb on the very site of St. Peter's Basilica.
St Paul was chosen to form part of the apostolic college by Christ himself on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-16). Selected to bring Christ's name to all peoples (Acts 9:15), he is the greatest missionary of all time, the advocate of pagans, the Apostle of the Gentiles. St. Paul was beheaded in the Tre Fontane along the Via Ostiense and buried nearby, on the site where the basilica bearing his name now stands.
Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James SocĂ­as, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003

ORDAINED to the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ TODAY
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Oh, day of Love Divine, all loves excelling! 
An Old German saying:
It is worth wearing out a pair of shoes to walk
to receive a priest's First Blessing!

Rev Mr Dominic McGrattan ~ Diocese of Down and Dromore (Ireland)
St Patrick's Church ~ 3 PM Mass

Let us hold them in prayer and offer thanksgiving for their 'YES'!

"Called, consecrated, sent.  This triple dimension explains and determines your conduct and your lifestyle.  You are 'set apart;' 'segregated,' but not 'separated.'  What would separate you, would be to forget or to overlook the meaning of the consecration that characterizes your priesthood.  To be but one more in your profession, in your lifestyle, in your way of living, in your political obligations, would not help you to fully carry out your mission.  You would betray your own faithful who want you to be priests through and through." - St John Paul II(Valencia, Spain, November 8, 1982)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mary: guide, not goal


"Everything in Mary leads us toward her Son,
our only Savior, by whose foreseen merits she was preserved
immaculate and full of grace;

everything in Mary lifts up our hearts
to the praise of the Holy Trinity.

The Church sees Mary, then,
not as the goal, but as the guide,
who always leads souls who honor her
with true devotion – to her Son,
especially to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament."

Fr Paul Duffner, O.P.
Immaculate Heart of Mary,
cause of our joy, lead us and pray for us!

ORDAINED to the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ TODAY
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Oh, day of Love Divine, all loves excelling! 
An Old German saying:
It is worth wearing out a pair of shoes to walk
to receive a priest's First Blessing!

Rev Mr Matthew Baldwin ~ Diocese of Melbourne (Australia)
 Rev Mr Michael Kong ~ Diocese of Melbourne
Rev Mr Vinh Nguyen ~ Diocese of Melbourne
St Patrick's  ~ 10 AM Mass

Rev Mr Justin Blanc ~ Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston  (West Virginia)
 Rev Mr James Conyers ~ Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Cathedral of St Joseph ~ 10 AM Mass

Rev Mr Christopher T Brashears ~ Diocese of Oklahoma City (Oklahoma)
Rev Mr Linh N Bui ~ Diocese of Oklahoma City
Rev Mr Cristobal Deloera  ~ Diocese of Oklahoma City
Rev Mr Carson Krittenbrink ~ Diocese of Oklahoma City
Rev Mr Timothy F Ruckel ~ Diocese of Oklahoma City
Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help ~ 10 AM Mass

Rev Mr Paul Buchanan ~ Diocese of Charlotte (North Carolina)
Rev Mr Noah Carter ~ Diocese of Charlotte 
Rev Mr Paul McNulty ~ Diocese of Charlotte 
St Mark's Church ~ 10 AM

Rev Mr Michael R Ackerman ~ Diocese of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)
Rev Mr Michael P Conway~ Diocese of Pittsburgh
Rev Mr Kenneth W Marlovits ~ Diocese of Pittsburgh
Rev Mr Thomas G Schluep, Jr ~ Diocese of Pittsburgh
 St Paul Cathedral ~ 10 AM Mass

Rev Mr Jeffrey Dole ~ Diocese of Dubuque (Iowa)
Rev Mr Kyle Digmann ~ Diocese of Dubuque
Rev Mr Mark Murphy ~ Diocese of Dubuque
St Raphael's Cathedral - 10:30 AM Mass

Rev Mr Matthew Dalrymple ~ Diocese of Atlanta (Georgia)
Rev Mr Brian Baker ~ Diocese of Atlanta
Rev Mr Luis Alvarez ~ Diocese of Atlanta
Rev Mr Desmond Drummer ~ Diocese of Atlanta
Rev Mr Junot Nelvy ~ Diocese of Atlanta
Rev Mr Rey Pineda ~ Diocese of Atlanta
Cathedral of Chrsit the King - 10 AM Mass

 Rev Mr Scott Sperry ~ Diocese of Phoenix (Arizona)
Rev Mr Keith Kenney ~ Diocese of Phoenix
Rev Mr Kevin Grimditch ~ Diocese of Phoenix
Ss Simon and Jude Cathedral - 10 AM Mass

Rev Mr John Henao ~ Diocese of Tyler (Texas)
Rev Mr Lawrence Love ~ Diocese of Tyler
Chapel of Ss Peter and Paul - 10 AM Mass

Rev Mr Jeremy Canne ~ Diocese of Brooklyn (New York)
Rev Mr Vicenza Carlilicchea ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Marcin Chilczuk ~ Diocese of Brooklyn 
Rev Mr Jason Espinal ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Felix Herrara ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Cezariusz Jashzebski ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Juan Luxama ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Gregory McIlhenny ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Peter Penton ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Robert Pierre-Louis ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Anthony Roasde ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Evans Julce ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Rev Mr Carlos Valasquez ~ Diocese of Brooklyn
Co-Cathedral of St Joseph - 11 AM Mass

Rev Mr Kyle Sahd~ Diocese of Harrisburg (Pennsylvania)
St Patrick's Cathedral - 10 AM Mass

Rev Mr Taylor Reynolds ~ Diocese of Alexandria (Louisiana)
St Francis Xavier Cathedral - 10 AM Mass

Rev Mr Andrew Deitz ~ Diocese of Rockford (Illinois)
Rev Mr Jared Twenty ~ Diocese of Rockford
Cathedral of St Peter - 11 AM Mass

Let us hold them in prayer and offer thanksgiving for their 'YES'!

"Through assiduous contemplation of the Light,
the one consecrated to God, becomes the son of Light."
- Canon Tancrede Guillard, ICRSP